A selection of events at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit mnstatefair.org for a full schedule.
THURSDAY 8 25
OPENING DAY/STEM DAY: SciMathMN brings together show-goers to explore the world of STEM through hands-on activities, performances, and exhibitors. Adult discount, $15; Seniors and children, $12. Merchandise and food deals for all fairgoers and all-day specials on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games.
Grandstand: Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin: With Bush. 17:30
DNR PARK: Ecuador Manta: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
EDUCATIONAL BUILDING: Young Fiddlers Association of Minnesota: 10am, 11am and 12pm. INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: The Good, the Bad & the Funky: 8pm; Samantha Moon: 3:15pm, 4:30pm & 5:45pm; The Working Stiffs: 10:45 am, 12:00 pm and 1:15 pm
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Tonic Sol-fa: 3:30 p.m. & 4:45 p.m.; Eddie Montgomery: 8:30 p.m.; Teea Goans: 10:30am & 11:45am
WINELAND MINNESOTA: Mikkel Beckman and Jeff Ray: 6:30 p.m
THE NORTH END: Skylark Opera: 3pm, 3:45pm, 5:15pm & 6pm
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATRE: Good Morning Bedlam: 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
WEST END MARKET: Durry: 8 p.m
CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Farm Fresh Stories: 2 & 4 p.m
DAN PATCH PARK: STEM Day: Educational presentations, demonstrations and performances. 8am-5pm
DNR PARK: Family History Time: 11 a.m.; Minnesota Mammal Mix Up: 1 p.m
EDUCATIONAL BUILDING: West Coast Swing Dancers: 3:30pm, 4:30pm & 5:30pm; Square Dance Federation of Minnesota: 1 and 2:30 p.m
FAMILY TICKET/BALDWIN PARK: Talent Competition State Fair: 7 p.m.; The Flyin’ Hawaiian Show: 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Allez-Oops!: 10:30 & 11:30 am
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Opening Ceremony: 10:15 am; Amateur Talent Contest: 6 p.m
THE NORTH END: Ragamala Training Center: 10am, 10:45am, 12:15pm & 1pm
WEST END MARKET: Twin Cities Trapeze Center: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm; Rhythmic speaking: 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m
HOME AND HOBBIES
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDINGS: Straw Bale Gardening: 1pm; African Violet Society of Minnesota Show: 9:00am-9:00pm; Potted plant show of the State Horticultural Association: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Dealing with Tomato Diseases: 10 am; Houseplant Know-How: 11:00 a.m.; Succulent care: noon; Gardening for healthy plants, soil and water: 2 p.m.; Minnesota Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms: 3 p.m
ECO EXPERIENCE/PROGRESS CENTER: We can all change our climate: 10 p.m.; Great Minnesota Tap Water Taste Test: Noon; Make your own colors and finishes: 4:00 p.m.; Upgrade your bike to electric assistance at: 2:00 p.m.; How to Design and Build a Tiny House: 5pm
MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Minnesota Wine Pairing with Cheese Curds: 3:30 p.m
Everyday Events, Aug. 25-Sept. 5
EXHIBITION CENTER OPENING HOURS: 7am-11pm 25 Aug-Sept. 4; 7.00-21.00 on September 5 (Labor Day). Many events end earlier on the last day.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H State Arts-In Performance: 11:30 am, 5:00 pm, and 7:30 pm; 11:30 am September 5th
BARLEY AND OUTBUILDINGS: Moo Booth: Milking demonstrations, video presentations and interactive programs. 9.00-20.00 25.-26. August 29-31, 3-4 September; 8.00-15.00 27.-28. August, September 5; 09.00-14.00 September 1st.
CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: FFA Landscape and Building Exhibitions: daily 9am-9pm; 9am-5pm September 5; Meet the animals and vets: 10am every day except 6pm on August 26th and 30th; Thanks a Farmer Magic Show: 11am, 1pm & 3pm; Ag Champions: 5 p.m
DAIRY BUILDINGS: Butter Sculptures: Princess Kay and her royal household are carved by a sculptor from a 90-pound block of butter. 9am-5pm 25 Aug-Sept 4.
DNR PARK: DNR Fire Tower Climb: 9am-7pm; Invasive Carp Table: 8:00am-4:30pm; Smokey Bear performance: 11:00 & 13:00; Ask a DNR Expert: 9:00am-7:30pm; Fish Pond Talks: Hourly from 9:45 am to 3:45 pm EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS: Contributions from the K-12 competition, robotics demonstrations, educational institutions and non-profit exhibitors. 9am-9pm
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Home of the Alphabet Forest and Math On-A-Stick where guests can pose for photos with letter fair, play games or take a break from reading. 9am-9pm; Monster Shop Bump’n: 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 6:00pm
FINE ARTS CENTER: Award-winning works of art are exhibited. Artists presented daily give an insight into how art is created. “Be a Fine Arts Detective” sends viewers on a spy hunt to earn a loop. 9am-9pm
FRASER SENSORY BUILDING: A soothing place for guests with sensory processing issues, with activities and educational and employment resources. Wright Av. between Underwood and Cooper Sts. 9am-9pm
GIANT SING ALONG: 9:00-20:00 North of Lee Av. between Underwood and Cooper.
HORSE STALL: EquiMania: An award-winning equine education show featuring horse-themed exhibits. 9am-5pm August 25, September 27 and 5; 9am-4pm Aug 26; 9am-5.30pm Aug 28; 9am-1pm Aug 29; 9am-9pm Aug 31; 9am-7pm 1st-4th September.
LITTLE FARMER HANDS: An educational exhibition where children experience the farming process. 8am-7pm
HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR: A 2-mile, 12-stop, self-guided tour of historical locations on the fairgrounds. Brochures are available at any tour stop, JV Bailey House or the History & Heritage Center. Visit at least eight stops to get a prize.
MINNESOTA NEWSPAPER MUSEUM: The museum is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a living history exhibit. 09:00-20:00 East side of Cosgrove next to the 4-H building.
NORTH END EVENT CENTER: Survival: The Exhibition: An immersive wilderness exhibition. 9am-9pm North of Murphy Av.
NORTHWOODS: All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Timberworks Lumberjack Show: 12pm, 3pm, 5:30pm and 7pm
OLD IRON SHOW: Learn about the history of machinery and agriculture through exhibitions and demonstrations. Lee Av. between Underwood and Cooper Sts. 8am-7pm
PET PAVILIONS: Meet the dog breeds, pet surgery and dog and training demonstrations. 8am-8pm
RAMBERG MUSIC CAFE: Blue Ribbon Bingo: Hourly sessions from 9am to 8pm
ROBERT A. CHRISTENSEN PAVILION: Oink Booth: An insight into the world of pig farming. Daily 9am-8pm except Sept 1 9am-2pm.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATRE: Minnesota Historical Society History On-A-Schtick: 10 & 11 p.m
SHEEP AND POULTRY: Baa Stand: Educational exhibition with sheep displays and hands-on activities. 9.00-20.00 25.-31. August except 8am-3pm Aug 28; 09.00-14.00 September 1st.
STATE FAIR PARADE: Operates a 14-block route beginning near the Haunted House, going north on Cosgrove Street, west on Randall Avenue, and south on Underwood Street. 14 o’clock
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXPLORATION DRIVEN: Participate in a study of various university departments. 9am-9pm
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: Photos & Games with Goldy Gopher: Noon. South side of Dan Patch Av. between Underwood and Cooper Sts.
VISITORS PLAZA: Meet the State Fair Mascots Fairborne and Fairchild: 11am & 4pm
WEST END MARKET: History & Heritage Center: A showcase of the competitions, entertainment, farming, food and merchandise that formed the heart of the fair. 9am-9pm
HOME AND HOBBIES
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDINGS: Hands-On Ag Literacy Activities: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Straw Bale Gardening: 1:00 p.m.; Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild: Brewed in Minnesota, an interactive educational exhibit. Sample craft beers and watch the stage show. 09:00-21:00 Garden Kaleidoscopes: Gaze into kaleidoscopes and see flowers transform into images of color and movement. 09:00-21:00 The Common Table: Minnesota Eats: An interactive exhibit designed to inspire Minnesotans to engage with the food they eat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Honey harvest: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.; no 1 p.m. on August 31; Beehive View: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 6:30pm; Ask the apple grower: 10am-3pm 26 Aug-Sept 4; Ask the Cider Maker: 10am-3pm Aug 26-Sept 5; Minnesota Grape Growers Association: 10am-6pm Aug. 26-Sept. 5. Minnesota State Floral Association Floralpalooza: Spooktacular: An Immersive Exhibit of the Supernatural. 9am-9pm; University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences: Get your gardening questions answered by representatives from the university’s Master Gardener Program. 9am-9pm
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND APPENDIX: View more than 8,000 crafts and baked goods along with daily demonstrations and a recipe card roundup. 9am-9pm
CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Educational exhibit featuring baby animals and a chicken coop. 9am-9pm daily; 9am-3pm September 5th.
HORSE STALL: Aisle of Breeds: Meet horses and their owners and get answers to horse questions. 9am-1pm 25 & 29 August; 9am-4pm Aug 26; 9am-5pm August 27 and September 5; 9am-7pm 31 Aug-Sept 4.